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During the years 1927 and 1928, 
due to shortage of funds, also in 
1931 and 1932, it was not possible 
to include the reports of the var- 
ious superintendents in the annual 
report of the Director of the Nation- 
al Park Service and the reports were 
mimeographed. Again in 1933 shortage 
of funds makes mimeographing nec- 

Fifty copies of the 
Yellowstone annual report have 
been made for distribution to 
collectors who have the Yellow- 
stone reports since the first 
issue and to others who are in- 
terested in having copies for 
reference purposes. 

The illustrations are the 

work of Park Ranger Gerald P. 
Yetter . 

Roger W. Toll 


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1 • '((('irMlllu 

Accidents 6 

Administration 7 

Albright (Resignation) 5 

Animals 3 ,15, 16 

Appropriations 7 

Art Exhibits . -. 5 

Auto Treks, Lectures, &. Guided Trips , 11 

Bathhouse (Hamilton) 3, 23 

Bears, Black : ■. : 16 

Bears, Grizzly ..... ; 16 

Beer, (Sale of in Park) i ........ . 6 

Boat Co., Yellowstone Park i . ; . 23 

Buffalo Ranch Activities . 14 

Building Maintenance & Construction ... i ...... . 20 

Bureau of Public Roads . 24 

Cammerer (Appointment) ..... 5 

Camps Co., Yellowstone Park Lodge and 23 

Census of Wild Life 15 

Civil Service i 2 

Contracts (B.P.R.) * 6 

Cooperating Bureaus 23 

P. R 24 


Post Office . 

Weather Bureau 




Electrical & Telephone Department 20 

Emergency Conservation w ork . . •, 21 

Engineering Department 18 

Exhibit, Art ...... 5 

Extension, Park . . . . . 4 

Federal Employees' Union ... *.«*<•«. 4 

Fire Protection . . . . 13 

Fish Planting **.••• 16 

Forestry 13 

Franchises and Permits ............. 7 

Fuel Co., Yellowstone Park 23 

Garage, Y. P. T. Go. at Gardiner 3 

General 1 

Geographic Board 5 

Geysers and Hot Springs 11 

Guided Trips, Lectures and Auto Treks 11 

Hamilton, C. A 23 

Haynes Picture Shops, Ij-c 23 

Hay Ranches 14 

Highways (Improvement of) 3 

Hotel Co., Yellowstone Park 22 

Hotels and Lodges, closing of 3 

Hot Springs and Geysers " 11 

Jackson Hole Hearings 4 

Labor Situation 2 

Lectures, Guided Trips and Auto Treks 11 

Library 10 

Library and Museum Assoc, Yellowstone 10 

Lodge and Camps Co. Yellowstone Park 23 

Lodges and Hotels, closing of 3 

Lower Geyser Basin 12 

Mammoth Hot Springs 11 

Mechanical Department 21 

Miscellaneous 25 

Museums (Naturalist Dept.) 10 

Naturalist Department . 10 

Nature Notes 11 

Norris Geyser Basin 12 

Operators, Park ..... 22 

Perk Extension 4 

Permits and Franchises 7 

Personnel (Administration) 7 

" (Protection) 12 

Place Names 5 

Post Office 23 

Predatory Animals 15 

Protection Department 12 

Pryor and Trischman 23 

Public Health Service, U. S. (Sanitation) 19 

Public Works Projects 6 

Religious Services 27 

Revenues 7 

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Salary Reduction . 

Sanitation Department * 

Senate Subcommittee 

Small Animals 

Snow Plow * . ♦ 

Summer Activities (Educational Dept.) . . * . 
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Telephone and Electrical , 

Trail Const., Maint., & Improvement ........ 

. . 20 
. . 14 
Transportation Co., Yellowstone park 3, 23 


2, 8 

Upper Geyser Basin 

U. S. Public Health Service (Sanitation) 


Visitors ... 
"Vital Statistics 




Weather Bureau 

West Thumb Basin 

Wild Life in Park 

Winter Activities (Protection Dept.) 



Yellowstone Library & Museum Assoc 
Yellowstone Park Boat Co 
Yellowstone Park Fuel Co 
Yellowstone Park Hotel Co, 
Yellowstone Park Lodge & Camps Co, 
Yellowstone Park Transportation Co, 



Roger /V. Toll, Superintendent 


Almost simultaneously with the opening of the Century of Prog- 
ress Exposition In 'Jbloago, Yellowstone National Park opened its 
gates for its sixty-f i'jst season, On May 27, the date of the opening 
of the fair-, the north and west gates began admitting motorists and 
most of the locp rooc 1 wa3 cpen to travel at that time. Construction 
work on the Golden Gate tunnel prevented an earlier opening. Motor- 
ists were admitted via th? east gate on June 5 and while the south 
gate was opened on Jun3 12, . it was closed in a day or so due to its 
unsatisfactory condition and was not made passable again until June 21, 

The park was ideal from the standpoint of the 1933 visitor; wild 
flowers were abundant and the park presented a green and fresh appear- 
ance early in the summer, though the continued dry weather brought on 
the fall ripening earlier than usual. Never were conditions more 
suitable for photographing and, while there were hot days, the nights 
were always cool end the campers found "camping out" very enjoyable. 

Followers of Izaak Walton, from the very opening of the season, 
reported excellent catches and throughout the summer fishermen were 
well rewarded for their efforts at whipping the streams and lakes. 
Two ne"i fishing trips, to Stevenson Island and Shoshone Lake, 
inaugurated by the operating compenies, proved very popular and will 
no doubt be continued and increased in the future. 

While the park operators experienced extremely poor business 
during 1932, despite an increase in park travel this year the business 
of some of the operators continued to drop, and the lodges, hotels 
and transportation lino operated at a loss. The rail travel, which 
several years ago comprised the bulk of the travel to the park, is 
steadily decreasing and was only 4.2^ of the total travel. This 
naturally has been reflected in the business of the hotels, lodges 
and transportation company. There was a general tendency on the 
part of the visitors to shorten the length of their stay in the park 
and go through as cheaply as possible. Few were seeking' the higher 
type of accommodations, while the housekeeping cabins and the auto 
camps proved to be more popular. It is apparent that some changes 
will have to be made by the operators to meet the change in travel 
conditions. The Haynes Picture Shops, Inc., early in the season, 
adjusted prices to meet conditions. This proved to be a move in the 
right direction as will be reflected in the amount of business done 
by this company after the changes were put into effect. 

Due to the poor season last year, it uas agreed before the oper 
ing of this season that the Lake Hotel, Lake Lodge, Mammoth Hotel ar 
Roosevelt Lodge should remain closed this summer, which left only t» 
hotels, namely Old Faithful and Canyon, and three lodges, Old Faith* 
Canyon and Mammoth, operating. At no time during the summer '/ere H 
hostelries crowded. Visitors at hotels and lodges -/ere given the op 
tion between American plan or European plan rates, and this change n 
with general approval. 

Unexpectedly, the total travel' for the' year showed an increase 
over 1932, 161,938 people having entered this season as against 157 
last year. Despite this increase in travel the number of rail visit 
was considerably behind last year, only 6787 rail visitors having er. 
ed at the four gateways as against 8572 last year, a loss of 21$. 
This-rail travel has been. on the decline for several years and the 
future is not bright for a very great increase, since most people ai 
vacationing in their own cars and the highways have now been so grea 
ly improved* • , ' 

Ths. summer was unusually dry and warm, a dangerous fire hazard 
existing. Thirty Seven fires occurred and the total area burned was 1 
2287 acres. From June, 1932, to August of this year, there uas no 
month when the precipitation was above normal. Rains during the lat 
ter half of August were very helpful in checking the serious fires 
that were burning at that time. Much assistance was rendered by mer 
from the C.C.C. camps in combatting the fires in the various section 
and in most cases the men worked faithfully. 

The decrease in park appropriations had its effect on the laboi 
Situatien, it being impossible for us to reemploy many of our former: 
employees who reside near the park and depend upon work in the park 
during the summer for a livelihood. However, the Emergency Conserve 
tion Work program aided in relieving the unemployment situatien in i 
surrounding «ommunity and the road contractors who had contracts In 
the park provided employment for a number of men, T.~o contractors 
opera tod nearly all winter on the To" r er Falls-Mammoth and the Golder 
Gate jobs and afforded winter employment for a number of men. 

The new requirement that all National Park Service employees, 
except common laborers, be selected from Civil Service lists' added 
new difficulties in the . selection of . our help, but the men certified 
on registers included a, number of former employees and v/e were able 
to get some of the best men '..'ho worked in the park last year. Sever 
good employees were eliminated through age or residence. This is th 
first year we have been required to select our per diem employees fi' 
Civil Service and, while complications arose this year, it is belief 
ed that the system will work out- very satisfactorily for the future, 

All Government employees, including per diem workers, suffered 
"fifteen per cent cut in their salaries, beginning April 1, 1933, 
through the provisions of the "Act to Maintain the Credit of the 
United States Government" (approved March 20, 1933). The eight and 
one-third per cent cut which was put into effect in accordance with 
the provisions of tho "Economy Act" governed until April 1, 1933. 

Many compliments "crc received regarding improved sections of the 
highways in the park. The two standard oiled sections on the east 
entrance road and from Obsidian Cliff to Firchole Cascades particular- 
ly came in for much praise. Little delay or inconvenience "as ex- 
perienced by motorists on account of v/ork in progress. The new road 
through Golden Gate no' : affords a high -geared road from Mammoth to 
■ Old Faithful and this new highway has eliminated many dangerous 
points. The newly graded road from Canyon to Tower Falls opens up a 
number of fine views and is now a high-geared road, as is also the 
section from Tower Falls to Mammoth. Motorists no longer suffer the 
inconvenience and discomfort of dust as the entire loop road has re- 
ceived at least some treatment with road oil. 7/ith the passing of 
the Public T ,7orks Bill, funds have been made available which will pro- 
duce important results in improving several sections of the park 
roads to conform with modern standards. 

Old Faithful and Canyon Lodges closed on September 5, while I am- 
moth Lodge remained open until September 13. The two hotels, Canyon 
and: Old Faithful, closed on this latter date. The transportation line 
.carried passengers until the 13th of September. The main housekeep- 
ing cabin units, at Old Faithful, Fishing Bridge and Canyon, closed 
on September 18, but meals and lodgings were obtainable at the 
Hamilton Stores at Old Faithful and Fishing Bridge until October 1. 
The housekeeping cabins at Manxioth closed, on September 25. 

For the second year the Yellowstone park Transportation Company 
did not operate its garage at 'Gardiner during the winter, but opera - 
tions wore resumed on April 1. Few buses were in evidence during 
the summer due to the continued decrease in rail travel. 

On June 20, Mr. C.A. Hamilton took over the bathhouse operations 
of H.P. Brothers and a new contract is to be drawn up which will 
cover this transfer. Mr. Hamilton immediately took steps to inclose 
the Old Faithful Bathhouse with glass. The nights in the park are 
usually too cool for bathing and it is believed that the Old Faith- 
ful pool will be more popular when it has been inclosed. 

Few park visitors failed to get a glimpse of wild, animals as 
there were many in evidence in all sections of the park. Moose were 
plentiful and were seen along the highways near Willow Park and 
Dunraven Pass as well as between Lake and Canyon. They were also 
in evidence most of the summer around the Canyon Hotel. A band of 
antelope remained all summer in the field near the Gardiner Arch and 
all visitors coming in via the north gate had an opportunity to 
sec see of these animals. Mountain sheep were seen on Mount Wash- 
burn, while a small band was seen in the Gardiner Canyon late in 
August. Bears were in evidence everywhere and, while they caused 
some trouble and damage, they nevertheless provided much pleasure 
and amusement to visitors* Measures taken last year to dispose of 
the worst trouble makers have had their effect and fewer complaints 
and damages resulted this year. There appears to be a considerable 
increase in the bear population, judging from the large numbers of 


cubs that are seen. Many grizzly tears, with numerous cubs, were seer 
daily around the Canyon feeding ground and presented one of the finest 
wild animal shows to be found anywhere. Nearly every evening during 
the .summe^.. from thirty to fifty grizzlies made their appearance at tY\ 
feeding platform," At Old Faithful, alsO ; tic Dears wore fed a' ! - W\e ■ 
Bear. Lunch Counter ani. T?lile there were net is many grizzlies there a 
at Canyon- vh iters grfatly er- joyed the shov. 

-:,. ••The:, .jiccal chapter cf the Federal Employees Union., which ~int. organ] 
ed on-Apri.] ID, 3,932, continued to function and 'vis responsible for nau 
of the -loea.i entertainments ..luring the winter. About fifteen new mem- 
bers were takfE ir iftirir-g the year* At the regular monthly 'meeting ir 
January, noty.. oif leers were elected for the ensuing year as follows: 
Guy D, .Mv/rr h , Pros 3 dent; Frank 'Tatson, Vice-President; Joseph. Joffo J 
Secretary- Treasurer* Robert R, Robinson, Jr., Guardian. The Executive 
Committee seine tod consisted of Keith Neilson, Chairman; ,7.'T. Lathrop,i 
Fred T-; Johnston, Margaret Satin and Mary Miller. Meetings were held J 
the first Monday of each month with the exception of the summer months J 
July t August; and September. Secretary- Treasurer Joffe was' elected tc 
represent the local at + hc Kansae City convention /On September 4. The 
delegates at the Kansas City convention selected, the Yellowstone as 
their next meeting place, to be held the first week in September , 193c | 

On October 20, 1932, President Hoovur ] signed a proclamation addir.ij 
to the park approximately 7,600 acres of land* located in a triangular] 
shape, extending three and one-half miles from Gardiner toward Living-. 
stcn on the west side of the Yellowstone River, authorized 'by Congress,) 
ional Act.of May 26, 1926 (44 Stat. 655). This new addition has giver 
the park an area of about 3,438 square' miles, or approximately 2, 200, 2C 
acres. The land will afford additional winter range for the antelope I 
and elk grazing in this vicinity. On December 27, 1932, the Solicitor 
of the Department issued an opinion permitting the closing to hunting 
of this new area. On January 4, 1933, the Assistant Secretary -of the 
Interior accepted the deed dated October 14, 1932, excepting 38.2 
acres of the land from the gam'u preservation property. This is the 
land occupied by Albert Hoppe , over which there has been considerable 
controversy. In September 1933 negotiations were completed for the 
purchase of the tract known as the slaughterhouse ranch and all of 
section 14, T 9 S, R 7 E, Montana Principal Meridian. The price for 
the 849.84 acres was $6,500, half of which was paid by the Game Pre- 
servation Company and half by the Government. 

Considerable interest was manifested in the Jackson Hole country 
in the hearings conducted by the Senate Subcommittee appointed to in- ! 
vestigatc the activities of the National Park Service and the Snake 
River Land Company. The committee consisted of Senators Gerald P. 
Nye, North Dakota, Chairman; Peter Norbeck, South Dakota; Henry F. 
Ashurst, Arizona; Alva E. Adams, Colorado; and Robert D. Carey, Wyo- 
ming. John C. Pickett of Cheyenne, Wyoming, acted as counsel for the 
Subcommittee. The hearings opened in the town of Jackson on the after 
noon of August 7 and continued until after might on the 10th. Numer- 
ous witnesses were examined and as the hearings were open to the 
public many local residents, ranchers and visitors attended all ses- 
sions. Newspaper men, representing the leading newspapers of the coun: 

were also in attendance. The hearings are to be continued in Wash- 
ington at some time during the winter, when former Director Horace 
M. Albright, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and others will be heard. 

>! n May 3, 1933, the Geographic Eoard approved the neming of two 
lakes ani xwo peaks on or near the east boundary lino between the 
pari and the Shocbore Forest, as follows: Grant Peak, Lairar Mount- 
• Bin. L'toneeup Lake, Guitar Lake. These names were recommended by 
the Public Survey office of the General Land Office which had a party 
of engineers under William P. Eandy in the pork last summer. 

During the summer two exhibits of the works of talented artists 
were held at the Haynes picture studio at Mammoth. Tne first exhi- 
bit was of the works of Clive Fell of Cody, Wyoming, and consisted 
mostly of etchings, while the second exhibit, that of Mrs. Lucile 
•Short Stinson,- featured pastels. 

Honorable Horace M. Albright voluntarily resigned as Director 
of the National Park Service, effective at the close of August 9, 
1933,' to become Vice-President and General Manager of the United 
•..State's Potash Company.* For ten years Director Albright was Supcr- 
, intohdont of the Yellowstone and during his' regime an extremely 
high standard of off iciency • in administration and service was es- 
. tablished. V.hile his leadership and personality will be greatly 
missed, it is gratifying that Arno E. Cammcrei , formerly Associate 
Director, was appointed; as Directo". and that A.E. Dcmaray was 
promoted from'Assi stant Director to Associate Director. 

Director Albright remained in the Nati nal Park Service until 
it was merged into a larger organization. Director Cammcrcr, on 
August 10, assumed the leadership of the now organization, the 
Office of National parks, Buildings, and Reservations, which was 
established by Executive Order signed by the President on June 10, 
1923, in accordance with the Act of March 3, 1933 (Public No. 428, 
47 Stat. 1517). The new bureau includes, besides the National Parks 
and Monuments, all the parks and buildings in Washington 7/hich here- 
tofore have been un^.er the control of the Of i ice of Fublic Buildings 
and Public Parks, tne National military Parks and Monuments, Battle- 
field Sites, Memorials, and National Cemeteries. 

The new snow plow, purchased last year, proved very valuable in 
clearing the rofld from Mammoth to Lake, in an emergency that occurr- 
ed durlrg the winter. Ilyotte F. Bower, the Lake Lodge winter keeper 
sufx^r.d a attack late in Dccembt-r and when his condition became 
serious it war necessary that he be brought out of the park to the 
hospital. With the roads blocked by snow, the fifty mile trek was 
impoL'siMe on snowshocs or skis so the snow plow was brought into 
play end on Dcccirbor 29, the road was so that a car could get 
to the sicl: man. He was H;aken to the hospital in Livingston and his 
recovery ./as j'apidj but it was felt that the plow was instrumental 
in the saving of this man's life. 


On April 8, 1933, the policy of the National Park Service with i 
gard to the sale of beer, wines and other beverages of legal alcohol j 
content in the national parks and monuments, in accordance with the i 
of Congress approved March 22, 1933 (Public No. 3, 73rd Congress) was 
announced. This policy permitted the sale of wines, beer and other 
beverages containing legal percentage of alcohol in natioial parks ar 
monuments, when consistent with the laws of the state, by operators 
authorized in their contracts to sell soft drinks and similar non- 
intoxicating beverages. Beer was placed on sale in the Yellowstone c 
May 18, the date that it was legalized for the State of Wyoming. 

One of the last official acts of Horace M. Albright as Director 
the National park Service was the allotment to the Yellowstone of th< 
largest amount of road construction funds in any one program in the 
park's history. Under the Public Works Program of the National In- 
dustrial Recovery Act, approximately sixteen million dollars were 
allotted for road and trail construction in the various national pari 
of which the Yellowstone received about a fifth or $3,369,450. This 
total includes $2,531,400 for major projects in the park, $736,000 fc 
approach roads leading to the park and $102,050 for minor projects. 
The latter part of September four contracts were awarded by the Bure? 
of Public Roads under this appropriation. These included the surfaci 
of the sections from Tower Falls to Lava Creek and from Mammoth to 01 
sidian Cliff, and the grading of the sections from Bridge Bay to the 
Yellowstone rapids and from Arnica Creek to Lewis River. 

The end of the season was marked by three fatal accidents, the 
first, which occurred on August 31, resulted in the drowning in Yellc 
stone Lake of Dr. S. S. Magan, his son Bobby and George Spreckles, a] 
of Covina, California; the second, on September 17, resulted in the 
death by drowning in the Yellowstone River of Christopher Gray, of 
Creston, Montana; and the third, on September 30, resulted in the de? 
of Robert Weber, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, through injuries received 
in an automobile accident in Golden Gate. 


Perso n nel : The permanent personnel consists of Roger W. Toll, 
'Superintendent; Guy D. Edwards, Assistant Superintendent; Joseph 
Jof f e , Assistant to the Superintendent; Benjamin A. Hundley, Chief 
Clerk; Francis W. Watson, Disbursing Clerk; Parke W. Soule, Senior 
Clerk and Bookkeeper; Margaret F. Sabin, Senior Clerk; Vorna M. Roe, 
Clerk-Stenographer; Mary Miller, Clerk-Stenographer; Virginia 
Goettlich, Timekeeper; Keith Neilson, Purchasing Clerk; Edwin C. 
Stevens, Clerk in Chief Ranger's office. This force is augmented 
during the summer season with two clerk-stonographers, one statis- 
tical clerk, one publicity clerk and one card clerk. Also, one 
clerk, Constance Whitney, assigned to the Superintendent during the 
winter at his headquarters office in Denver on work in connection 
with inspection of proposed parks and monuments, is transferred to 
the park during the summer season. The maximum number of employees 
^on the payroll at one time was 565, consisting of 74 permanent and 
489 temporary employees. 

Appr opri a t i on s : Appropriations for the fiscal year 1952-55 
fare as follows: 

Roads and Trails, National Parks $201,589.84 

" " " , Emergency Construction, 1955 817,500.00 

Donations, National Park Service 1,625.00 

Extension of Winter Feed Facilities 477.50 
Emergency Reconstruction and Fighting Forest 

Fires, 1952-55 8,673.07 

Forest Protection and Fire Prevention, 1932-35 8,086.00 

^Yellowstone National Park, 1952-55 516,480.00 

Revenue s for 1952 - 55 Fiscal Year : Revenues aggregating 
$149,795.14 were received from the following sources during the fis- 
cal year and deposited in the Treasury of the United States as 
Miscellaneous Receipts: 

Automobile and motorcycle permit fees #114,575.00 

Franchise and permit fees 29,551.18 

Electric current 2,254.60 

Water 545.88 

Miscellaneous 2,969.48 

Franchises and Permits : On June 20 Mr. C. A. Hamilton took 
over the operations of H. P. Brothers, who has had the bathhouse 
privilege in the Yellowstone at Old Faithful and Fishing Bridge, far 
a number of years. A new contract covering the above operations is 
being drawn up. Mr. Hamilton expects to inclose i* glass the Old 
Faithful Bathhouse. 

Five saddle horse permits and four permits for hauling over park 
roads to Cooke, Montana, from Gardiner, Montana, were issued during 
the year 

* |1,000.00 additional reserved for Washington office 
expenditures and $5,280.00 as an unallotted reserve; 
&2.050 also transferred to Field Headnuarters . 


Park visitors this year totaled 161,938 as compared with 157,62 
last year, an increase of 4,314. The rail travel figures were 6,787 
a s : compared with 8,572 lhs% year, a decrease of 1,78-5. • A- comparisic 
of rail figures of this.- season and last year is as follows: - ..' 







.3 ,£%,& 

_ 60' 



; * 2,847 

'" "966 




1 , 78.5 

*Rail trave.". accredited' t'o the West Entrance -during 
the tourist season of 1933 consisted of 2 ,,,146. -persons via 
- "the Oregon Short Line,., Railway (Union Pacific System), 328 
via the C.M.St.P.& P. (Gallatin Gateway terminal of the 
Milwaukee) , and 20 persons from the Bozeman terminal of the 
• Northern Pacific, plus 353 temporary employees of the Govern- 
-.* -ment and park operators. ■ - ' •' •,"•'■■ 

#Rail travel through South Entrance consists of 11 
persons entering from Victor, Idaho, on ^he union Pacific 
System and 8 entering at Lander ,' Wyoming,, from the Chicago 
and North Western Railway. 

Automobile visitors by'entfance gateways, as compared with 
last year are as follows: (This travel includes motorcycles and 
preseason automobile .visitors.) ,.. . ••..';•'/•- \- •". 






North-. . . . 
Ea s t - . . . . 

50,173 : 

49 , 348 

• 2,, 163 ; • 
•5,-894 ■ 

.'. 825 





The number of cars, and, visitors reported in daily counts at 
developed public campgrounds during the season : of 1933 are as follow 

Pes ig na ted De ve 1 oped Camp Ground s 


West Yellowstone , ... .,, . .. . : 415 

Fishing. Bridge ... ,•........ '.,'.'. . . : 11,188 

Old Faithful . . . . . !": ''. J, 'l ''.' "V: . . : 5,645 

Mammoth : 2,796 

_, Campers 



.... 18,566 



Designated Developed Camp Gr ounds (cont'd) : Cars 

Carried forward : 20,044 

Lake : 989 

Canyon : 1,950 

West Thumb : 1,672 

Norris Junction .♦ : 480 

Madison Junction : 755 

Tower Falls : 435 

Bridge Bay : 

Total : 26,265 

Camper s 



T otal _8 a ion T rave l by Entrance Gateways 
1933 and 1932 

Misc. : 

Bail : 

By Automobile 

By Motorcycle 

walk- : 
ing, : 

season : 



Visi- : 

Visi- : 


visi- : 

Gateway : 


Cars : 


Cars : 


back : 






11100 ! 


34 . 


532 : 



West : 


14224 : 





5912 : 


East : 

■ 966 : 

16723 : 



61 : 




South ' : 










. *787 


! 134419 



: 1134 

' 19409- 





. 10857 


: 13 






! 3746 

'. 15350 

! 43881 

j 33 

: 46 


', 6246 



. 1524 

'. 15322 

'. 43215 

: ^ 

: 79 


j 4243 



'.' 60 

'. '5209 

'. 15966 

! 8 






! 8572 

! 46738 

! 127985 

! 108 

'. 156 


! 19606 

" 157624 



No changes in the regular staff of this department were made dur 
1933. The staff is as follows: Park Naturalist, C. Max Bauer; Assis- 
tant Park Naturalist, George. 0.. Crowe; Junior Park Naturalist, Henna 
G. Baggie y;. Janitor. Wilfred. J. Mead-. 

The summer staff included, seventeen ranger naturalists- one cler 
stenographer and' two laborers cr caretakers for the museums. Three 
the ranger naturalists were designated senior ranger naturalists and 
they directly supervised the naturalist activities a: Fishing Bridge, 
Old Faithful and Mammoth Hot Springs. 

The museums were opened and clcsed for the season as follows: 
Mammoth Museum opened Juno ll, - ' Closed September 20; Old Faithful Muse 
opened June 18, closed September 18: Fishing Br id go Museum opened Jun 
18, closed September 18; Herri s Museum/opened June 20, closed Septemb 
13; Madison Museum opened July 1, closed August 29. 

The construction and installation of the trailside museums and 
roadside field exhibits carried on under .the .direction of Dr. K* C* 
Bumpus of the American Association of Museums, in cooperation with thtfj 
National Park Service, 'automatically' came to an end during the wintern 
1933 when the- funds supplied: by the association-. were used up. The pnvl 
gram of development -of Yellowstone Park museums for which Dr. Bumpus 
and associates were largely responsible is completed for the western i 
southern parts of the park. . The beautiful buildings 1 and the modern 
clean cut installation of exhibits have brought forth many favorable j 
comments from visitors'.-. : 

- An outside amphitheater: was added to the Old Faithful Museum by 
funds provided by the American Association of Museums. Also through 11 
same source trailside or roadside field exhibits were built' at Rhyo- I 
Travertine Gulch, Swan Lake Fiat, Be&ver Bams, Nymph Lake, Tuff Cliff I 
and Fir eh old Canyon.- Four of these were installed by Dr. Carl P. Rusi 
and Kir. Herbert Maier this season. 

This summer the -Old Faithful court has been planted with grass, 
flowers, trees and shrubs and makes a creditable showing of local plaijj 
life; : 

Much improvement has been made at the Mammoth Museum. First, the) 
offices were all moved into the north end of '.the building. Second, th 
old office and library was renovated and made into a fine exhibit roan 
geology. Third, the space under the new offices was excavated, a stair- 
way built, cement, floor put in and plastered .and painted. This now h& 
the Yellowstone Library.' Fourth, "the main basement was renovated and! 
painted for workshop and storage rooms. Fifth, a rearrangement of exl- 
in the museum gives a clean cut and professional air to the displays, j 

During the winter the Yellowstone Library and Museum Association 
formed to care for donations and other funds received for the developm: 
of the library and museums. 


"Nature Notes" is now published bi-monthly and each issue is 
[•e or less devoted to one subject. Because of the large mailing 
ht of about 750, it is deemed advisable not to publish monthly as 
is necessary to conserve paper and materials. 

A twenty-power telescope has been installed at the water front 
the Fishing Bridge Museum and another of- the same type on top of 
|mt Washburn. 

Field Naturalist Carl P. Russell was in the park for six weeks 
is season installing Field Exhibits and revising some former in- 
,allations . 

This year we have had excellent cooperation from the Princeton 
ological Research School, and students from Columbia University and 
b University of Chicago. They have reported to the Park Naturalist 
eir findings and their contributions to the geological knowledge 
the region have been very valuable . 

Lectures , Guided Trips and Auto Treks: These services rendered 
the Naturalist Department are well received by the visitors. Many 
.ture lovers have commented on the excellent character of the work 
ud the additional enjoyment they received from the park through this 
srvice. An effort is being made to give accurate information in 
ich a manner that it will be entertaining and not tedious. 

Summer Activities - Educational Department 






: Auto Caravans 

tat ion : 




: Att. 


: No.: Cars 





: 158 



: 94:1191: 



: 29 


. 192 

: 741C 

: 12403 





. 150 

: 6173 

: 29572 

! I 

Id Faithful ; 


: 8440 


: 83922 

; 67379 

: 90:2164 

708 V 

est Thumb : 






ishing Bridge 

82 ' 





77: 667 






. 43089 

69: 841' 


ount Washburn : 



: j 




4758 : 


192007 : 




Mammoth Hot Spring s: Monthly observations have been made through- 
Lit the year and the information carded. The most outstanding observat- 
ion is that all hot water activity changes considerably from week to 
eek and this is especially true of the Mammoth Hot Springs. Two springs 
hat have not been particularly active for thirty or fsrty years were 
lowing all season. They are the Palette Spring and the Opal Spring 
n the lower terrace not far above the Hotel Terrace. Angel Spring has 
een particularly active on the southwest end of the terrace. Hymen 
pring is much smaller this year. 


Norris Geyser Basin : The interval for Valentine is now well 
determined .as 20 hours. It is powerful and quite regular. Whirligig' 
has an interval of one hour and 25 minutes and erupts for twenty mi nu1 
Emerald Spring is rather quiet again. Ebony Geyser erupts about .ever} 
eight hours. A new blue print map of the basin was made by a temporar 
ranger andi 'completed .by the Engineering Department. 

Lower Geyser Basin ; No particular changes have been noted' in' the 
activity in this area. However several geysers northwest of the Foun- 
tain Geyser are often .seen in eruption. These include Jet, Clepsydra 
and a geyser about 400 yards northwest of the latter. • 

Upper Geyser Basin : This season Rainbow Pool in the Black Sand 
Basin has 'become hotted and. killed the algae» boiling violently it 
erupts to a -height of 30 feet about every 20 minutes. Since this is 
quite near to the Old Handkerchief Pool, it has been affected. Since ' 
August 10 the old Handkerchief Pool has been able to circulate hand- 
kerchiefs as it did prior to 1928. The following geysers have fairly; 
regular intervals: Old Faithful, 65 minutes; Daisy, 90 minutes; 
Riverside, 8 hours, Grand, 20 .hours. The Giant has played at least 

three times this summer, June \ : 2V- July 25, and August 19. ... 

■ . , '■ i. 

West Thumb Basin : Lakeshore. Geyser has been observed often 
this season. The Paint Pots were especially colored and beautiful. 
The Twin Geysers did not erupt so violently as last year, but, behaved 
much as they have for many years past. 


General : The activities of the Protection Department in the ob- ' 
servation and protection of the fauna and natural features were carrie' 
on in the usual manner during the year. The summer activities were 
somewhat curtailed due to decrease in temporary personnel and the many 
forest fires which occurred. ' ' • 

Personnel : George F. Baggley, Chief Ranger; three assistant ChieJ 
Rangers, George W. Miller, Francis D. LaNoue, and Fred T. Johnston; 
twenty-four permanent rangers; a Chief Buffalo Keeper; Assistant 
Buffalo Keeper; buffalo herder, night watchman and twenty-four tempore 1 ; 
rangers, made up the personnel of the deparhnent. 

Winter Activities : Winter activities consist of the usual and 
special patrols for the protection and observation of the wild life 
and waterfowl; also, for the observation of snow depths, weather condr 
tions, river gauging stations,' study and research on assigned subjects 
relating to game, maintenance of telephone lines, care of buildings, 
feeding of game, predatory animal control, special assignments to 
forestry and planning work.. ', 

Summer Activities : Su-imer activities consist of manning the 
checking stations, traffic control, fire prevention and suppression, 


aw enforcement, dispensing information, contacting the public and 
oecial visitors, rationing and repairing of snowshoe cabins, trail 
Maintenance and construction, fish propagation and special assign- 
>nts. The Emergency Conservation Work program required considerable 
ttention during the summer by members of the permanent force. 

Forestry : The progress of the mountain beetle epidemic in Yellow- 
tone National Park has teen carefully watched fcr the past three 
3ars. Extensive and systematic surveys were again made during the 
ast year. These surveys revealed the fact that in all known areas 
f infestation practically no increase or decrease in intensity of 
he epidemic was evident. Throughout the areas surveyed it was found 
bat for every tree attacked by the beetles in 1931 there was a new- 
y attacked tree in 1932. It was found that in the Mt. Washburn 
3ction of the park the epidemic was showing evidence of creeping 
nto the scenic area in close proximity to the main highways, so 
3commendations were made for control work to be instigated in the 
pring. This control work was undertaken in June and July of 1933, 
fat because it was necessary to use inexperienced E.C.W. men and 

cause of late snows delaying the start of the work, the project 
as only partially completed. Approximately 400 beetle infested 
rees near the main highways were felled and burned which will un- 
Dubtedly reduce the intensity of the infestation in this area. It 
as been learned this summer that the large infestation of mountain 
ine beetle west of the park has been partially checked by winter- 
ill caused by the unusually low temperatures of the past winter, 
be Bureau of Entomology has recommended that a thorough survey be 
ade again this fall to determine if it is now practicable to conduct 

program of control work with the object of checking the epidemic 
n the northern Rocky Mountain region. An aerial survey and thorough 
round examination will be made of the infested areas in the park in 
onnection with this wide spread survey. 

Forestry and fire protection work has received considerable 
ttention during the past summer since the establishment of four 
.C.W. camps in the park. A large amount of work of various kinds 
as been accomplished. Work such as forest clean-up, campground 
mprovement, reforestation in needed places, roadside clean-up, mctor- 
ay, trail, boat dock, telephone line and bridge construction has 
ept most of the 800 men busy for the period of their stay in the park. 

In May two crews of five men each wore placed in the field to 
'ntinue the type mapping project which was begun in 1930. The mapping 
|ork has progressed remarkably v/ell this season. Most of the north 
jection of the park and a large portion of the central and southern 
crtion will have been completed by the end of this field season. 
his will leave only one more season's work to be done before the 
ntire project will be complete. The field data will be compiled and 
racings of the field map will be made in the Chief Ranger's office 
uring the winter. 

Fire Protection : July and August of this year were extremely 
Lot and dry, creating a fire hazard as serious as that of JCSKL. On 


August 14, following a lightning storm, nine fires were reported in 
one day, but all except two were quickly suppressed. This year, as i 
usually the case, the most destructive fires were caused by lightning 

There has been a total of 37 fires in the park this season. Nin 
teen of them were caused by lightning and 18 were man caused. The 
largest fire, the Mountain Ash Creek, No. 3 fire, turned 850 acres. 
is i: : teresting to note that as early as May 28 one fire turned over 
75 -acres of national forest land and 24 acres in the park before it 
could be suppressed. 

Early in the season each E.C.W. camp was organized for fire figh: 
ing emergency. Lectures were given to the men in each camp relative 
to fire control and in each camp a group of 25 to 30 men was organizec 
into a fire fighting squad for first line defense. This group was 
called the flying squadron, and detailed information and demonstration 
in'fTfe fighting methods" were' given them. 

Much of the labor for suppressing fires this summer was drawn 
from the E.C.W. camps, but because of the inexperience and inadaptabi|| 
of most of these men, it was necessary also to use some local labor 
and men from regular maintenance crews in order to secure prompt and 
effective action on fires. 

The work being done by the E.C.W. in connection with our fire pro] 
tection program will be of value in our fire control work in the futua 
The work being done on fire trails, motorways, boat dock, corrals andii 
other physical improvements is of very good quality and in desired 

Trail Construction , Maintenance and Improvement : ■ Trail crews of 
one or two men each wore kept busy at the main points of interest as 
long as necessary, to maintain and improve the trails. 

Buffalo Ranch Activit ies: Buffalo Ranch activities consisted 
mainly of care of the buffalo herd, repair and maintenance of equipmei 
and irrigation and cultivation of hay fields. During December, 1932, 
one hundred and ninety-nine surplus buffalo were slaughtered. The 
meat was given to the various Indian agencies in Montana and Wyoming, 
and also to the relief organizations in these two states. 

Three hundred and fourteen tons of hay and 29 tons of cottonseed 
cake were fed to 750 buffalo last winter. Hay harvested at the Buffaj 
Ranch this year will amount to approximately 300 tons as compared witl 
476^ tons .last year. Drought conditions have materially reduced the 
supply of wild grasses available for forage and it will be necessary 
to supplement the hay crop by the purchase of additional hay. 

Hay Ranches : On the Slough Creek, Gardiner and Game Ranches, 37' 
tons of hay were fed to the wild animals as compared with 691 tons 
last year. Only 36 tons of hay were fed on the Game Ranch and six 
tons on the Gardiner Ranch as compared with 118 tons and 70 tons, 
respectively, on these two ranches last year. 


Hay will be harvested this year approximately as follows: 

Buffalo Ranch 
Slough Creek 
Game Ranch 
.Total •- 

' "; 

Last year's hay harvest was:' 

Buffalo Ranch 
Slough' Creek' 
'"" Yancey 
Game Ranch 









;. ' 1 


tons .. 





• 30 








Tie effect of the protracted drought which existed during the most 
|>f the, summer is clearly shown in the hay crop. 

Predat ory Animal s: One hundred and forty-five coyotes were 
estroyed as compared with 109 last year and 98 in 1931. 

Wild Life in the Park : • The game animals came through' the 
'Inter in very good condition considering that the winter was one 
>f unusually low temperatures, high winds and heavier snows than 
or several years. The losses that occurred were principally the 
inter-killing of aged animals. 

Only one game count was made this year. The counts and es- 
imates are given in the following table: 

Wild Life Count for 1933 



Estimated Total 

.:_ Increase 


rild Animals : 





;1932 : 







668 : 


.:, Yes : 


. Good 




,' 985* 



:• Yes 








850 i 

: Yes : 

No ■ 




lorthern Herd 


11, SI 



: Yes : 





Ilia tin Herd 





: Yes 




CLk : 

lit. of Park 


! • 448 

672 - 


: — 









: No 






: 150 


: No : 

? . 




Wild Life Count for 1933 (continued) 

Wild Animals 


Actual Count 







Estimated Total 









1932 :1933 : 1932 

Yes : Yes :Excel.:Ex< 

Yes : Yes : Excel. :E3;i 

Note: * Does not include 175 estimated calf . crop.. 
# Does not include 17 killed as dangerous. 

The long period of drought which extended throughout most of the : 
summer has had a marked effect on the forage conditions over the entir 
winter range. Available forage will be considerably less than normal 
this season. Conditions are so unfavorable as to cause apprehension 
for the welfare of the .game animals during the coming winter. 

Bears , Black : Injuries and damages caused by. black bears de- 
creased 65 per cent due to control measures. 

Bears , Grizzly : Griz'zly bears were seen nightly at the feeding 
grounds at Old Faithful and Canyon. As many as 51 of these bears 'were 
seen at the Canyon feeding grounds in one evening. Two grizzly bears 
were shipped to a public zoo. 

Smaller Animals : Large numbers of beavers, marten, marmots, etc. 
were seen over the entire park and proved a source of much pleasure 
for park visitors. • 

Waterfowl : Ducks, geese and other birds were , observed in the 
usual large numbers during the past summer and. fall. Several pairs 
of trumpeter swans nested in the park on the more remote lakes. 

Fish Planting : It is gratifying to report that the collection of 
black-spotted trout eggs at the Yellowstone Park ha.tchery operated by 
the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries under the supervision of Fred J. Foster, 
Supervisor, exceeded any previous year with the possible exception of 
1922. The total collections this year of this species were 28,234,000; 
These eggs were of excellent quality and eyed approximately ninety per 
cent. The collections this year exceeded by more than ten million 
those of 1932 and is the fifth consecutive year -in -which collections 
have increased each year over the previous year, attesting to the ex-, 
cellent condition of Yellowstone Lake and tributaries from. a fish- 
cultural standpoint. • -'.- ; 

One million of these eggs were shipped to Glacier National Park, 
1,000,000- to Grand Teton National Park, 300,000 to.-Mount Rainier Natio 
Park, and- 1,000,000 eggs were shipped to the State Fish Hatchery, A.sht 
Idaho,., in "a cooperative agreement for planting ' the- Bechler River secti 
of Yellowstone- Park and a like number: to U. S. fisheries Station at 
Bozeman, Montana, for the waters on the west side of Yellowstone Park, 
these shipments being necessary by reason of congestion in the Yellows 
Lake Hatchery and to eliminate linger trips in distributing the fish. 


In addition to the above shipments, shipments were made'to the 

following state game departments and province of Canada: Idaho - 
; 2,600,000; Oregon - 3,550,000; New Mexico - 1,400,000; Nevada - 
! 100^000; .Washington - 300,000; Utah - 150,000; Wyoming - 3,200,000; 

Colorado -.300,000; Oregon - 500,000; Alberta, Canada - 1,250,000; 

making a total , of 15,650,000 eggs shipped from the park during the 


■* » 

..A total of 7,675,000 fish were hatched and returned to park 
waters from the Yellowstone Lake hatchery. This number will, of 
course, be increased by the fish still being held at the Bbzeman 
! hatcherjvof the Bureau of Fisheries and the Ashton State Hatchery. 

An outstanding development during the past year in Yellowstone 
Park has been the successful handling of grayling eggs at the new 
Grebe Lake hatchery. A total of 2,118,400 grayling eggs were col- 
lected, which hatched 94.4 per cent, this being a record for the 
hatching of grayling eggs so far as is known. All of the resulting 
fry were planted in waters of Yellowstone Park (1,950,000), with the 
exception of 50,000 shipped into Utah. 

In addition to the plants made from Yellowstone Lake and Grebe 
Lake hatcheries, there were planted, during the calendar year 1932, 
from the Mammoth rearing pools and direct from the Bozeman, Montana, 
hatchery of the Bureau of Fisheries a total of 121,000 brook trout, 
124,000 rainbow trout and 36,000 Loch Leven trout, all of these being 
fingerlings of large size. There remain on hand at the Mammoth 
rearing pools approximately 190,000 rainbow trout fingerlings which 
will be distributed during September. 

Mr. Lowell Woodbury has continued his investigations of para- 
sites in Yellowstone Park, and Dr. John W. Scott, Professor of 
Zoology of the University of Wyoming, has spent approximately sixty 
days working in cooperation with the Bureau of Fisheries and the 
Park Service in study of the Diphyl obothrium parasites. 

The improved appearance of the hatchery grounds by reason of 
the erection of log barriers and parking area has been instrumental 
in increasing the attendance at the aquarium and hatchery, many 
favorable comments being received as to the aquarium exhibit and the 
Tishcultural operations. 

The principal construction at Yellowstone park was the erection 
of a grayling hatchery at Grebe Lake. This building is 30 feet 
long by 18 feet wide and contains a hatching room equipped with two 
batteries of hatching jars and quarters for attendants. 

Fishing conditions in the park are excellent, the number of 
fish caught this season having surpassed the record of the best 
previous year by 11.7 per cent. 




■'engineering department ■...-... 

.'O'Work in this division is carried on under the direction of 
Park -Engineer C. A. Lord and includes supervision of road and- trail 
ma i arte nance.,, surveys and plans for road 'and trail construction built 
as force account projects, engineering direction of physical improve- 
ments, sewer and water systems, and all necessary engineering assis- 
tance in the w#2?k -of other departments. . 

Road .maintenance covers 361 miles of highway, 310 miles of which 
is within .the. jpa.rk boundaries, 24 miles in the east approach road 
through the Shoshone National Forest, and 27 miles of the south, 
approach road between Moran and the south entrance. That portion of 
the system inside the park limits is divided into 210 miles of main 
loop ;.and entrance connections, 45 miles of subsidiary or side trip 
sections, and 55 miles of service- roads serving the. various, utility; 
areas', both Government and public operators. %■■: .. \ .■/' 

Approximately 120 miles of the main loop system is now of. stand- 
ard highway type with 74 miles paved with crushed rock or gravel, 
treated!; with asphaltic .road oil. With the exception of the Cooke 
section, -all other, sections' are annually given light oiling treat- 
ment for dust prevention and the maintenance of better surface condi- 
tions. ' *■ ■'•"«" 

To carry on maintenance activities, fifteen camps are establishe< 
&t' suitable points in the park, with crews varying from six to fiftee: 
men and necessary motor equipment, depending on the condition and im- 
portance of the section. 

The rotary snow plow, purchased late in the spring of 1932, prove 
of material benefit in the item of snow removal. While the aggregate 
cost of this item was not greatly reduced, a much greater mileage was 
covered and it was possible to open the road system to traffic at an 
earlier date and in much better condition than would have been possibi 
with the old hand clearing methods. 

Reduced appropriations made it necessary to curtail maintenance 
activities to some extent, especially the item of roadside clean-up, 
but better than average weather conditions and a comparatively light 
volume of traffic aided in keeping the system in a reasonably satis- 
factory condition. 

On the south approach road the southerly six miles, which sectioi 
has been under grading and surfacing construction by the Bureau of 
Public Roads for the past two seasons, was turned back to the Park 
Service for maintenance. This section was given a fairly heavy treat- 
ment of road oil and the remaining 21 miles given a dust palliative 
treatment, bringing the entire section to a much more satisfactory col 
tion than any of its tributary roads. 


In addition to regular maintenance on the east approach ?road, 
approximately $8,000 was expended from emergency funds in a. surfacing 
and oiling project on this section, bringing (surface conditions to a 
state more nearly comparable with adjacent sectfons east to .Cody. 

... Force account construction projects for the period consisted of 
surfacing and oiling on the Artist Point road, the construction of 
extensive parking area development at Norris Museum and Obsidian Cliff j 
and an extension of the hard surfaced footpath system over the Old 
Faithful thermal area,pf approximately 4,000 lineal feet. 

Post construction maintenance of contract projects was continued 
on the east entrance road and on the Obsidian Cliff -Firehole Cascades 
sections, with the balance of funds remaining from the previous season 
and new work undertaken on the Terraces-Obsidian and Tower Falls-Lava 
Creek section. 

The following projects constructed by contract; under the super- 
vision of the Bureau of Public Roads have been completed or are fast 
nearing completion: Grading between Tower Junction and Lava Creek on 
the Tower Junction-Mammoth section: surfacing and palliative oiling 
on the Canyon- Tower Junction section; grading of the Terraces-Obsi- 
dian Cliff section. The last named project was unique in park road 
construction in that it was carried on through the winter months with 
the exception of about a two week layoff because of very severe weather 
conditions. On May 22 tho tunnel constructed during the winter 
through Golden Gate caved in, necessitating the use of the road around 
the point during the entire summer. 


This work is carried on under the supervision of H. B. Hommon of 
the United States Public Health Service, and under tho direct charge 
of William Wiggins. Mr. Hommon made a thorough inspection of our 
entire operations during the latter part of July and outlined necessary 
corrective measures. Mr. Wiggins makes regular sanitary inspections 
as outlined by Mr. Hommon. 

As no construction or extension funds were allotted this depart- 
ment for the fiscal year 1934, the principal work of the department 
besides the regular maintenance was the completion of the new oil 
burning equipment and two steam boilers in the bachelor building as 
a central heating plant for the bachelor building, guest house and 
post master's quarters and superintendent's residence. This depart- 
ment also supervised the installation of twelve gas pumps with under- 
ground storage tanks at various places in the park, in addition to 
installing a 4,000 gallon gasoline tank at Mammoth. At the Buffalo 
Ranch bunkhouse there was installed a shower room, besides toilet and 
lavatory, and 220 feot of sewer lino were laid to connect this room 
to septic tank. 

New showers were installed in both the Thumb and Canyon bunk- 
houses. In addition, several other minor plumbing improvements were 


made at the Tower Falls messhouse and in several other buildings in 
the park.. ...Two new chlorine machines were also installed for use on 
the new Mammoth .sewer system. This department had charge of the ex- 
cavation, .concrete and plumbing work in the new library and workshop 
completed during the winter under the museum building at Mammoth. 

In. addition, 22 water systems, 29 sewer systems, and 5 incinera-ll 
tors ^ were operated and maintained. We did not operate the sixth inS 
ciherator, located' at Thumb, due: to our limited finances. Many camp-*! 
grounds and parking areas in the park were also operated and maintain*! 
by this department. The heating systems at Mammoth, including 14 
steam boilers, were also operated and maintained by this department. 
The tinsmith work in this department is. also an important item as 
there are so many 'metal roofs on -hud Id i rigs at Mammoth to keep in re- 
pair. - .;'•'"" ,.' : "■'<■ ' • • !- •.':■■ -. v: ••■ 


# * ■ 

This department is in charge, of- Chief Electrician Charles C. 
Dale and includes three permanent .power plant operators and one per- 
manent, telephone operator. :■'■ . ..■ 

The following table shows the production of power plant at Mammo" 
and the distribution of current: - 

'■* ' '**'' - 1932-35 1933- 34 

Sold to park operators . ... . ...-•',. 64,253 44,565 

Street lighting ....'.. . . 25,491 ;.! ■ ;. . ; -51,280 

Used by Government buildings for ; : - 

light and power. . ... ... . . .. .647,596 690,074 

Total Production . ... 937,140 765,919 

Fifteen miles of telephone line between Lake Junction and' the 
east entrance were rebuilt with cedar poles and # 8.'coppefweld' wire, 
making .it a metallic circuit and giving better transmission. Seven 
miles of the line between Tower Falls Junction and Cooke entrance, were 
rebuilt with cedar poles and galvanized iron wire .' Eleven miles of til 
Mb* Washburn telephone line were also rebuilt with native poles and • 
galvanized iron wire . ' -■ . 

One-half mile of power line was built to connect up with the : 
chlorine house at Mammoth. ..Also there was extended one-half mile of. 
power line from Mammoth to the E.C-.W. camp near Mammoth. In addition 
to the above improvements, the usual electrical and telephone maintenfi 
work was .carried out. -The Government now maintains 591 miles' of metaDi 
circuits and 151 miles of grounded circuits, which includes 210 conned 
telephones. ■■ , ' , 


All. carpenter work is under the supervision of Master Carpenter 1 
A-». -, -Bowman. All painting is' under the supervision of Master Painter !• 
N. Tompkins. 


Due to the impounding of all building construction funds for the 
seal year 1934, the principal work in the building department as 
ndled by the Master Carpenter and Master Painter consisted of gen- 
el repairs to the existing Government buildings in the park, total- 
ig 219. One duplex residence at Mftmmoth was remodeled, making two 
:ts of quarters. The rooms over the office annex were also remodeled, 
.king a very comfortable apartment for a small family. 

Some remodeling was also done in the basement under the Mammoth 
tseum, making this room, which was waste space, into a very modern 
aall library and museum workshop. This new library room now houses 
1 of the books of the Yellowstone Park Library and is as fireproof 
? any room at Mammoth, the walls being concrete and stone. 

The new ranger station at the west entrance was also completed 
j the contractor, making one of our best ranger stations. 


This department is in charge of Master Mechanic Robert R. Robin- 
Dn and includes six permanent mechanics, one permanent handyman 
echanic, one permanent blacksmith, two temporary handyman mechanics 
nd one temporary blacksmith. 

Cars, trucks and new equipment purchased during the year include 
he following: Cars - one 5-passenger sedan; trucks - seven 2g--ton; 
wo 1/2- ton; four l/4-ton; equipment - one 12- ton four wheel trailer; 
tie 3/8-yard gasoline shovel; one sewage pump; one revolving road 
room; one traffic striping machine. 


The Act of Congress of March 31, 1933, authorized the establish- 
snt of a Civilian Conservation Corps to undertake what President 
Dosevelt called Emergency Conservation Work. Mr. Robert Fechner of 
assachusetts was appointed as Director of this work, and an advisory 
ouncil, consisting of representatives of the Secretary of War, the 
Bcretary of the Interior, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary 
f Labor and the Bureau of the Budget was also selected. 

Active Emergency Conservation Work began in Yellowstone Park on 
une 2 when the cadres for Camps 1, 2 and 3 arrived. These camps 
ere located at Mammoth, Canyon and Lake, respectively. The main 
ompanies arrived on June 7 and the average strength of each company, 
ncluding 25 or 30 enrolled men for each camp, was 200. 

On June 10, the cadre for Camp No. 4, located on the West 
allatin road, arrived and the main company followed on June 23. 
ith 25 local men, this company had an enrolled strength of 212. 

The local quotas were made up from the surrounding states of 


Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, while the regular personnel was recruited 
from the State of New York, principally New York City and Brooklyn, 
the 155 local enrolled men, Wyoming furnished 92; Montana, 53; and Id 

The camps were organized in a prescribed manner, the Army being 
responsible for the housing, feeding and clothing of the men, and the 
National Park Service being responsible for the various work projectst 

Assistant Chief Ranger Francis D. LaNoue acted as general superi 
tendent for the four camps and was assisted by other members of the 
permanent force from time to time. Captain M. G. Rees was the comman 
officer of Camp No. 1, Mammoth, with John M. Brokaw as superintendent 
Captain Donald C. Hawley commanded Camp No. 2, Canyon, with Arthur 
Jacobson, superintendent; Captain B. T. Ipock commanded Camp No. 3, L 
with Edwin P. Landers, superintendent; r/hile Camp No. 4, Gallatin, wa 
commanded by Lieutenant G. J. Dutermann, with Richard E. Slattery as 
superintendent . 

The National Park Service supplied all camps with tools, heavy 
equipment and trucks for work and for transportation. There were ass 
to Emergency Conservation Work in Yellowstone 20 trucks, 6 pickups an 
4 tractors. 

The organization and construction of the camps required consider 
time, but as the camps neared completion and the men became familiar 
with the work and the country, there was a steady increase in the wor 
produced. Some of the undesirables and trouble makers were discharge 
from camp, thereby improving the morale of the men and the accomplish 
ment of work. As the men acquired experience, improved in physical o 
tion and adapted themselves to the change in environment, their work 
improved. The President's desire to take several hundred thousand yo 
men out of the cities and put them at healthful ■tfork in forest areas 
undoubtedly achieved successful results. In the Yellowstone the men 
engaged in the repair of telephone lines, bank erosion control and 
roadside clean-up, clean-up of old dump grounds, campground clean-up, 
truck trail construction, construction of fire protection trails, Ian 
scaping, range improvements, reforestation, insect control, removal o: 
old fences, repairing and building new fences, removal of old buildin, 
and fire suppression work. 


The slight increase in travel over the 1932 season was not refle 
in an increased business for the operators. Therefore, the purchaso 
new equipment and nevf construction activities were held to a minimum, 
provements made by the operators during the period from October 1, 19 
through August, 1933, are as follows: 

Yellowstone Park Hotel Company : Because it was the poorest seaso: 
in the history of the company, nothing was done except to take care o: 
repairs and renewals absolutely required. 


Yellowstone Park Lodge and Camp s C ompany : A building 14 feet by- 
feet was erected in the Old Faithful housekeeping area, to be used 
'rtly as an employees' laundry and partly as a woodhouse. A chlorin- 
ing machine was purchased for Canyon Lodge and will be installed 
the spring of 1934. 

_C. A. Hami lton: C. A. Hamilton has purchased the park operations 
H. P. Brothers, consisting of swimming pools and bathhouses. He 
now extensively remodeling the pool at Old Faithful which will 
Completed early in June. He has installed "Frosted Foods" in his 
d Faithful Auto Camp and Fishing Bridge stores. These cases make 
ssible the sale of frosted meats, fruits and vegetables by the 
ckage . 

Pryor and Trischma n: Have installed a new refrigerator case 
the Mammoth store, have made some building improvements there and 
ve painted the interior of the Canyon store. 

Hayncs Picture Shop s, Ir.c . : The Hayncs Picture Shops report 
ly general maintenance for the year. The Haynes Log Cabin studio, 
■ected in 1897 in front of the present site of Old Faithful Inn, was 
zed and rebuilt in the utility area at Old Faithful for a photo 
nishing plant. 

Yellowstone Park Transportation Com pany: This company added no 
iw equipment and engaged in no new construction. 

Yellowstone Park Boat Company : Reports no new equipment and no 
w construction. 



Yellowston e Park Fuel Company : This company added no new equip- 
'snt and reports no new construction. . 


The Bureau of Public Roads, the United States Public Health 
irvice, the Bureau of Entomology, the Bureau of Fisheries, the 
jather Bureau, the War Department, the Forest Service and others 
We all cooperated to the fullest extent with officials of the 
itional Park Service in Yellowstone Pork during the year just closed. 

Post Offic e: In addition to the main post office, known offi- 
Lally as "Yellowstone Park, Wyoming", five summer stations are main- 
lined during the summer season, located in general stores at Old 
lithful, Fishing Bridge, Lake Outlet, Canyon Junction and Tower 
alls. These have daily connections by star route service, and the 
3ute also serves road camps, ranger stations, E.C.W, camps and others 
Long the route which is approximately 140 miles long. 

With the exception of Postal Savings which shows a heavy increase, 
tie business of the post office is approximately twenty per cent less 


than last year, regardless of the fact that park travel is heavier 
to date. 

Bureau of Public Roads : During the winter of 1932-33 work was 
carried on, under contract, on the construction of the Golden Gate pro-' 
ject, E l-A-4, which consisted of one mile of grading, a viaduct 300 
feet long and a 100 foot tunnel. 

Work on this project was under the supervision of the Bureau of 
Public Roads and the engineering party consisted of E. 0. Anderson as 
resident engineer, assisted by S. N. Bushnell and S. W. Rixey. Office; 
and living quarters for the party were furnished by the Park Service 
in a house in Mammoth which was quite comfortable and adequate during 
the cold winter months. 

Work on the project during the coldest months consisted of rock 
excavation at the ends of the tunnel, excavation of the tunnel and 
placing hand laid rock embankment. This work was prosecuted in the 
winter time while the road was closed to traffic because of the im- 
possibility of excavating rock without blocking the road. As a whole, 
road construction work in the park in the winter time is not con- 
sidered practicable or advisable, on account of the extreme cold,' 
heavy snow, and bitter winds, which reduce the efficiency of both 
men and machinery. 

Weather Bureau : The period covered by this summary is from 
September, 1932, to August, 1933, both months included, and cover 
observations made at Manmoth Hot Springs. Of these twelve months 
five averaged above normal in temperature with seven below. The 
period was characterized by a warm summer and a long, cold winter. 
The warmest June of record, excepting only June, 1900, followed a 
cool May. The warmest July since 1901 followed. August came along 
in turn, with temperatures near normal until the 21st, when a change 
to much cooler weather occurred. The autumn months of 1932 produced 
a seasonal deficiency in temperature. The winter months of December 
and February were far below normal, while January was a little above. 
In the spring, March averaged somewhat above normal, but April and 
May both showed greater departures from normal in the other direction. 
The records show only two colder Decembers than that of 1932, the 
average temperature of which was 11.9 degreos, or 9.7 degrees above 
normal. February, 1933, with a departure of -9.5 degrees, had a mean 
or average temperature of 10.2 degrees, the coldest February in the 
record books. Another notable fact appearing in the records of the 
past year is that January was decidedly ?/armer than December. 

Freezing weather occurred on August 30 and 31, 1932. The first 
freezing weather within the twelve months included in the present 
summary was on the morning of September 9; the last was noted on May 
28. The first zero temperature was late at night on December 6; the 
last was registered on March 5. February was not only the coldest 
February in the records, but it established a new extreme for the 


nonth, with a temperature of 40 degrees below zero on the 9th. This 

jras the lowest point of the winter march of temperature. The maximum 

of the summer was 91 degrees on July 25. This was braced by maxima 
of 90 degrees on the day before and the day after. 

Every month of the twelve, excepting August, had less than normal 
precipitation. August, 1933, was the first month since June, 1932, 
to exceed the normal amount of precipitation. The total precipitation 
for the eleven months preceding August, 1933, was 8.55 inches; this 
was barely over half the normal amount, for the departures for the same 
period total -8,42 inches. Snowfall totalled 97 inches, comparing 
favorably with the normal of 98 inches. Only October, December and 
January were above normal in snowfall. A trace of snow, or more, fell 
every day in January, constituting a record hitherto absent for any 
month. The greatest snowfall within 24 hours was 4.2 inches, on 
January 27-28. The greatest depth of snow on the ground during the 
winter was 12.6 inches, on February 23. Depths of 12 inches or more 
occurred in January, February and March. Hail fell in an amount 
sufficient to cover the ground on Mav 2. 

The winter was unusually cloudy. Not one day in November or 
January averaged clear. There were 20 cloudy days in November, 20 
in December, 27 in January, 19 in February, 18 in March, 12 in April, 
and 16 in May. July, on the other hand, had but three days that averaged 
cloudy. With its 27 cloudy days, January set a new record of percen- 
tage of possible sunshine for the month; the January, 1933, per- 
centage of possible was 14. This same month established a new record 
for wind movement, 11.6 miles per hour average velocity. February 
was also brisk, but not record-breaking, with an average hourly vel- 
ocity of 10.3 miles. The first thunderstorm of the season was recorded 
on May 15. Thunder was heard on 22 days, May to August, inclusive. 
Light fog was observed on October 16 and 17, February 23, March 3 
and April 30. Dense fog was observed on only one day, February 23. 
During the warmer part of the year, the daytime relative humidity 
averaged much less than a year earlier. A new low record temperature 
was recorded on February 9 at the Riverside station when the ther- 
mometer registered 66° below zero. This is the all-time low record 
for the United States. 


Vital Statistics ; There v:ere 8 deaths due to accidents and 2 
duo to natural causes, 2 births and 1 marriage. 

Dr. Ivan T. Budaeff , park physician, has been acting in this 
capacity since December 1, 1931. 

Deaths : On December 4, 1932, Mrs. Charles Johnson, an old time 
resident of the park, died in a Livingston hospital. Mrs. Johnson 
was the mother of E. T. Scoyen, Superintendent of Glacier National 


Mrs. Gerald -p. Yetter, wife of Park Ranger Yetter, died a few 
days later on December 11, in Livingston. Funeral services were held 
in Livingston, the body being taken later to Cedar Rapids for burial. 

Andy Wald, a Yellowstone Pioneer resident, who lived in the park 
some 35 or 40 years, died in- Livingston, Montana, on September 22 at 
the age of .82. .He was a pioneer also in the making of decorative 
bottles, filledwith colored sand, which for years were sold as Yellow 
stone souvenirs. He was known locally as "the sand man". Burial was- 
in Gardiner on the 23rd. 

Oh. December 17j J. C. ' (Jake) Schwoob, a pioneer of the State of 
Wyoming, and one of the- parkas best friends and boosters, passed away 
in the town of Cody- where he has made his home for many years. Mr. 
Schwoob was one of- the early boosters for good roads. 

Mrs. Lawrence Link, who resided in the town of Gardiner for a gooi 
mahy years, died in Livingston- on- January 5 and was buried the follow-i; 
ing day in Gardiner. Mrs. Link f s husband freighted in the Yellowstone 
for many years and was well known among the old timers in the park. H< 
died several years ago. 

The entire nation was saddened when on January 5,- 1933, former 
President Calvin Coolidgc died at his home in Massachusetts* Prcsiden 
Coolidge was in the Yellowstone for six days in 1927 while serving as 
the nation's chief executive. Flags, were flown at half mast for a 
period of thirty days. 

Dr. William Henry Holmes, a member of the 1871 Hayden Survey part;! 
died at Royal Oak, Michigan, near Detroit on April 26, 1933, at the age 
of 86. Dr. Holmes was one of the last survivors of the 1871 survey an 
was formerly Director of the National Gallery of Art. Mount Holmes in 
the Gallatin Range was named in his honor. • 

T. E. (Uncle Billy) Hofer , one of the guides of the park and in- 
terested in boat operations here, died at Sunlight Beach, Washington, 
on April 3 j- 1933, after a prolongod illness. Uncle Billy was one of tl 
guides for the President Roosevelt party in 1903. 

Gerrit Demmink, Yellowstone ranger in 1925, 1927 and 1928, coiiinit - 
suicide in San Francisco on April 17, 1935. Mr. Demmink was a promisii-; 
young lawyer ahd was- employed by one of the loading legal firms in San 

A. W. Miles, an early Montana pioneer and for many years connected 
with camp operations in Yellowstone Park, passed away at his home in 
Livingston on May 7. Senator Miles had resided in' the town of Livings; 
over fifty years. — " 


Religious Services: The Government Chapel, located at Mammoth 
•Hot Springs, is in use several times each Sunday during the summer, 
for services of different religious denominations. The regular 
schedule included Roman Catholic masses every Sunday morning during 
July and August at 6:00 a.m. and 8:u0 a.m.; Protestant services at 
10:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Christian Science services at 4:00 
iP.m. The Protestant services have been represented by clergy of 
Montana and Wyoming, including Episcopal, English Lutheran, Congre- 
gationaVChristian, Methodist and Evangelical. The chapel was also 
in use about once a month during the winter season for services by 
the Episcopal and English Lutheran ministers from Livingston, Montana, 
who come in to hold services for the benefit of our permanent 

Visitors : After the close of the 1932 season the park was 
visited in October by Chief Max Big Man, Chief of the Crow Tribe. 
This was his first visit to the wonderland. October visitors in- 
cluded Rene Martin and Louis Chevrillon, distinguished French en- 
gineers from Paris; Vanderbilt Webb and Colonel Arthur Woods, rep- 
resentatives of the Rockefeller Foundation. In November, Harry J. 
Liek, Superintendent of Mount McKinley National Park, visited the 
Yellowstone enroute to a special conference of park superintendents 
in Washington. In February Dr. A. R. Carter, Chief Surgeon of the 
Alaska Railway, paid a visit but was able to see only the sections 
around Gardiner and Mammoth. 

As soon as the gates were opened for the 1933 season, prominent 
visitors started coming in, early arrivals including about 35 Rotarians 
and Rotary Anns from a district convention in Livingston, Miss 
Josephine Shain, National Director of the Girl Scouts of America, 
Miss Olga Carl son, member of the National Field Staff of the Girl 
Scouts; and Clark Gable, motion picture star. A group of world 
scientists, who attended the International Geological Congress in 
Chicago, visited the park from August 18 to 21, under the direction 
of Professor Richard ¥..• Field of Princeton University. The party 
included scientists from Scotland, France, Belgium, Canada, Spain, 
Angle-Egyptian Sudan, South Africa, England, Czechoslovakia, Argen- 
tina, Germany, Italy, China, Japan and various points in the United 

Beginning with the month of June, other prominent persons visited 
the park, including Arno B. Cammerer, Associate Director of the 
National Park Service who on August 10 was appointed Director of the 
new Office of National parks, Buildings and Reservations; a sub- 
committee of the United States Senate Publrc Lands Committee appointed 
to investigate the National park Service and the Snake River Land 
Company, which included U. S. Senators Gerald P. Nye of North Dakota, 
Peter Norbeck of South Dakota, Henry F. Ashurst of Arizona, Alva B. 
Adams of Colorado and Robert D. Carey of Wyoming; John C. Pickett, 
Attorney for the subcommittee; U. S. Senator Homer T. Bone of 


Washington; Honorable Leslie A. Miller, Governor of Wyoming; ex-Senator 
John Thomas ; of Idaho; ex-Congressmen Charles B. T'imberlake and William R 
Eaton of Colorado; John. J. Raskob, capitalist and former' chairman of the 
Democratic. National Committee; Jack Dempsey, former heavyweight champion 
boxer of ; the world; Amos Alonzo Stagg, famous Chicago football coach; 
Nathan v ' R. Margold, Solicitor for the Department of the Interior; W. H. 
Jackson, member of the 1871 Hayden Survey Party; F. W,» Pratt, Director 
of the ^Standard Oil Company; W. M. Gurney, British Consul to the United 
States; Eric H. ' Louew, Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary 
of the Union of South Africa; Admiral R. H. Leigh,' Commander in Chief of 
the'U' S. Fleet; Commander W. F. Amsden, U. S. Navy; Brig. General r ^illi^ 
Sharp McNair, Brig. General Hamilton Smith Hawkins, Colonel George, 
Langhorne (Retired) , and Colonel A. L. Singleton, all of the U. S. Army. 

Other prominent visitors included: Laurence Vail Coleman, Director: 
of the, American Association of Museums; Herbert E. Gregory, of- the. 
Geological Survey, Honolulu, T. H.; Professor Max Eckert of the Geo- 
graphical Society of Berlin; Dr. A. W.„ Grabau of the Geological Sur- 
vey of China; John G. Lonsdale,'. President of the Mercantile Trust 
Company', St. Louis; George Keim, retired banker and secretary Republican 
National Committee; James E. She! ton, Vice-President of the Security 
First National Bank, Los Angeles'; Dr. Harold C. Bryant, Assistant 
Director of the National park; H. A. Tolson, Attorney for the 
National Park Service; J.., A. Elliott,' District Engineer for the Bureau 
of Public Roads; James A. Ramsey, Special Agent. in Charge for the 
Division of Investigation of the Interior Department; Struthers Burt, 
author and Saturday Evening Post writer; Stewart Edward White, author 
and writer"; Walter Gilkys on, author, writer, and lawyer; Colonel A. A. 
Anderson, artist, author and first supervisor of the Yellowstone 
National Forest; Anne Cameron, Saturday Evening. Post writer; L. C. 
Speers, Washington correspondent for the Ne?/ York Times; .Mrs. Shermerhor: 
Pike, editor and publisher of "Talk of the Town"; T. M. Mctzger, 
Associated Press representative, Helena, Montana; Max Hill, City Editor 
of the Denver Post; Hans Ullendorff , New York representative for several 
German newspapers; Frank Baldwin, editor of the Waco, Texas," News- 
Tribune; B. C. Thrailkill, editor of the St. Joseph, Missouri, Gazette; 
Paul G. Friggins, director of the ! Tri-Statc News Bureau, Belle Fourche, 
South Dakota; F. W. Robinson, Vice-President of the Union Pacific System 
E. E. Nelson, Passenger Traffic Manager of the 'Northern Pacific; M.M. 
Goodsill, General Passenger Agent, Northern Pacific; C. J. Collins, 
Assistant Passenger Traffic Manager, Union Pacific System; H. B. North- 
cutt, Advertising Manager., Union Pacific System; Paul H. Davis, Presi- 
dent of the Chicago Live Stock Exchange; Moll ie G. Lamb, Union Pacific 
lecturer; Alexander Baillis, President, Rainier National Park Company; 
William B. Greeley, conservationist and Camp Fire Club member; Dr. . 
John C. Phillips, conservationist and noted writer on wild life; 
Charles S. Judd, territorial forester, Hawaii; Nelson C. Brown, investi- 
gator, for Director Fechner of Emergency Conservation Work; John D. 
Wright, c'haiiman, State Association of County Planni,ng Commissioners, 
Santa' Barbara, California; Harlean James, executive secretary, American 
Civil Association; Jacques Weber, Vice-President, Bloomsburg Silk Mills; 


F. J. Frankenhoff , Police Judge, St. Joseph, Missouri; Harry P. Stan- 
ford, Montana State Fish and Game Commissioner; Charles B. Marrs, Mon- 
tana State Game Warden; Reverend James J. Davies, radio lecturer and 
writer, Sioux City, Iowa; Ernest V. Shayler, Bishop of Episcopal Church, 
Ctaaha, Nebraska; Paul Shirley, noted violinist and radio broadcaster; 
William V. Hodges, prominent in Colorado politics; Harold P. Fabian, 
attorney for Snake River Land Company; Godfrey D. Yaeger, Indianapolis 
attorney and member National Parks Association; D. H. Cook, son of C. 
W. Cook of the 1869 Cook-Folsom party, and many other leading busi- 
ness, professional and scientific men and women. Ten representatives 
of the Fox Film Corporation, under Matt I. Cullinan, Business Managor, 
were in the park late in August filming shots for Will Rogers latest 
picture. About the same time representatives of the Consolidated 
Film Industries, Inc., Hollywood, were in the park taking colored mo- 
tion pictures of park features. 


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Prepared at the Western Museum Laboratories of 
the Rational Par\ Service with assistance provided by 
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JS(o. 65-2-08-16, Rational Youth Administration and 
Civilian Conservation Corps.